Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. Proverbs 27:1
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:13-14
I despise cleaning dirty dishes. Scratch that. As a writer, I can do a much better job capturing the disdain I have for this everyday household chore. Here goes: I abhor, detest, hate, loathe, look down my nose at, eschew and often reject doing the dishes.
But, rules are rules, and there is one in our household - whoever doesn't cook, cleans. And, because I am far from a culinary wizard (or mainly because my wife is an exemplary chef), most nights I'm stuck with the pots and the pans.
I'd be lying though to say I do them every night. In fact, there have been times when I've let them slip for a few evenings. Life gets busy, my girls need my attention, or I'm just exhausted from a long day at work.
As a result, the plates begin to pile up. The leftover food becomes like plaster and requires a chisel to dislodge it from the plate. The longer I procrastinate, the more prominent (and stinkier) the problem becomes.
Such is life. Let me ask: when you put off a crucial conversation, does the pressure subside? When you ignore a broken relationship, do you find yourself hoping to run into that person? When you leave the bills on your desk rather than pay them, does it make your debt disappear? When you ignore the "Honey Do" list, does your house suddenly look like it should be on HGTV? When you keep your struggles to yourself and off limits to God, does it reinvigorate your prayer life?
Nothing ever magically works itself out due to our procrastination. It only makes things worse. I recognize this isn't an earth-shattering insight, but I tend to live my life ignoring this principle, and as a result, I come face-to-face with a great deal of regret. I suspect I'm not the only one.
Tomorrow isn't promised. All we have are the moments before us right now. So today, I want us to consider what we've been putting off and the damage our neglect has caused. But, I hope we all take it a step further and exchange passivity and procrastination for action and courage.
What circumstances in your life have you been neglecting and why? What damage has your neglect caused?
What is one step you can take today to address this issue?
God, rather than close my eyes and hope the issue disappears, today, let me respond with boldness and courage. May I address the things You've placed on my heart in a way that honors You and speaks to my trust in who You are. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.